Wednesday, August 09, 2006

where am i going and why am i in this handbasket?

the tomatoes are really starting. this is tabitha's special harvest basket. it needs to be soft as to not damage delicate fruit, sturdy able to carry twenty five pounds of tomatoes and rugged to withstand small children riding and playing in it. this one is from africa and made of rope like weave. i must admit it is perfect for harvesting tomatoes.

i made pico de gallo "beak of the rooster" last night. it is a fresh raw salsa. it has few ingredients--like all great garden recipes it depends heavily on the freshness of the produce.
2 cups of tomatoes
1/2 to 1 cup of onions
a nickel sized bunch of cilantro *
1 to 2 pickled peppers "serrano chilies"
1 lime squeezed into the mix
salt to taste.

the first thing to remember it these are just guidelines. the proportions can all be skewed toward personal taste. many other things can be added like garlic, pepper to help the less-fresh produce. corn, papaya, apples, cucumbers are also a good support to the tomato portion of the mix.

* nickel sized group of stalks and their accompaning leaves. kinda like measuring pasta.

tristan loves pico. i made a double batch and he ate a third of it. he promptly said i need to go to the bathroom and make more room for more pico.
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